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Topic: [HM] Euclid
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David Fowler

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Re: [HM] Euclid
Posted: Nov 10, 2002 4:03 PM
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Peter Flor wrote:

<< in the thread upon "algorithm", C.K. Raju states that historical
evidence on Euclid is very meagre, and that much has been ascribed
to him with insufficient reason. Could one of the historians on this
group kindly indicate where one may learn what is known, at present,
1. on the person Euclid;
2. and more importantly, on the origin of the texts of which he
is (or was) supposed to be the author? >>

Dear Peter Flor

<< what is known, at present,
1. on the person Euclid ... >>

Nothing.

<< 2. and more importantly, on the origin of the texts of which he
is (or was) supposed to be the author? >>

Almost all of our texts come from Constantinople, the earliest from
888 AD, closer time to us than to the supposed date of Euclid!

Best wishes,

David Fowler






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